Arrival. That is what the word “advent” means. Only the Advent we are celebrating here is not just any arrival. It is The Arrival.
Advent is not about waiting for a baby to be born. Advent is not about waiting for a religion to be established. Advent is not about gifts or liturgy or days on the Church calendar.
It is a weary, hurting world tracing the promises of God through time.
It is the groaning of mankind under the weight of sin so heavy it cannot lift its head. From the first debt of sin to a voice crying in the wilderness, “Prepare ye the way of The Lord!”, Advent traces kings and kingdoms and goats and alters in search of an everlasting hope – Emmanuel, God with us.
This is Advent: the coming of hope to the hopeless, the arrival of peace to war-torn exiles, the long-awaited exhale of freedom for generation after generation gasping for air.
Advent is the elaborate yet stunningly simple plan of God to descend to His children, to become like them in the most unexpected, unglamorous, fully human way.
This is the beginning of a great ransom story.
As we travel through the pages of scripture over the next 28 days, may we embrace the mystery and glory of the story – the whole story – of the Christ child. May God grant us grace to approach each day in repentance, introspection and expectation as we prepare our hearts for the great Thrill of Hope that is the birth of Christ. Amen.
“Come thou long expected Jesus,
Born to set thy people free;
From our fears and sins release us;
Let us find our rest in Thee.”
Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus, Charles Wesley
We are excited to add a few new elements to our Advent study for this year.
The format of each day will look like this:
We’ve leaned heavily on traditional Advent scriptures for each day’s reading and have included some non-traditional readings as well.
A reflection from our writers on the day’s scripture as it relates to the promise and birth of Christ.
A short prayer in which we can seek the Lord together in light of what we’ve read.
This one is a SheReadsTruth first! We invite you to join us in one small, daily action to display or further reflect on the meaning of the day’s scripture.
We are in love with our new She Reads Truth Advent 2013 playlist on Spotify! Each day will end with a carefully selected song so that we may listen and worship together. And since everyone loves a little sneak peak, the full playlist is below!
(If you have questions on how to use the Spotify playlist, visit our FAQ page.)
And for a direct link to the Emmanuel plan on YouVersion (which we’ll begin tomorrow), click here.